U.S. Senate race, Nebraska

Democrat Bob Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and U.S. senator, is facing Republican Deb Fischer, a state lawmaker, in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat. The winner will replace Democrat Ben Nelson, who is retiring.

Deb Fischer vs. Bob Kerrey

Deb Fischer, Republican

Contact: (402)471-2628

Email: dfischer@leg.ne.gov

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Age: 61

Home: Born in Lincoln, lives in Valentine.

Occupation: Rancher, shareholder, Sunny Slopes Ranch Inc.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Positions held: Fischer was elected to the Nebraska Legislature to represent District 43. She serves as chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board. She was re-elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2008.

Before becoming a senator, she was elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education. Fischer became president of the Nebraska Association of School Boards and served as a commissioner on the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education.

Family: Fischer and her husband, Bruce, have three sons.

Faith: Protestant

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Bob Kerrey, Democrat

Contact: (402)934-4100

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Age: 69

Home: Kerrey was born in Lincoln, lives in Omaha.

Occupation: President emeritus of The New School, business owner

Education: Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Positions held: Kerrey represented Nebraska as a  U.S. senator from 1989-2001. He served a four-year term as Nebraska governor from 1983-1987. Kerrey was also a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States from 2003-2004.

Military service: Kerrey enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the U.S. Navy SEAL special forces team from 1966-1969. He was wounded in Vietnam, which forced the amputation of his right leg below the knee. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1970.

Family: Kerrey is married and has three children.

Faith: Protestant

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U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns wants Kerrey to apologize

Action 3 News reports: U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns came to Deb Fischer’s side saying he wants the race to end with dignity. He asked for Bob Kerrey to apologize for all the negative attack ads.

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World-Herald poll: Race for Senate race tightens

The Omaha World-Herald reports: In a World-Herald poll, the race for U.S. Senate has gotten tighter with the help of negative attack ads.

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Snake River land center of neighborly dispute

The Omaha World-Herald reports: The Omaha World-Herald breaks down the dispute between Deb Fischer and her neighbors that has been subject of Bob Kerrey ads.

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Bob Kerrey struggles to close gap in race

The Associated Press reports: Democrat Bob Kerrey was lured out of retirement to run for the open U.S. Senate seat against a lesser-known lawmaker named Deb Fischer.

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Senate race takes on a nasty tone

The Associated Press reports: Both Nebraska. U.S. Senate candidates have had it rough vying for the open seat.

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Deb Fischer campaigns in central Nebraska

The Star Herald reports: Republican Deb Fischer campaigns in smaller towns in Nebraska discussing her plan to fix the deficit.

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Omaha World-Herald endorses Fischer

Nebraska Watchdog reports: The Omaha World-Herald has officially endorsed Republican candidate Deb Fischer.

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Former Game and Parks commissioners blast Fischer

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Two former commissioners are speaking out against Deb Fischer for what they say was her failure to disclose a personal interest in legislation affecting land that had been central to a dispute between Fischer and her neighbors.

Read full story: journalstar.com

A look at Bob Kerrey

KETV reports: KETV sits down with Democrat Bob Kerrey to discuss all that has happened since the first debate at the Nebraska State Fair.

Watch full interview: ketv.com

Former businessman buys $220,000 in anti-Kerrey ads

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Former Omaha entrepreneur Joe Ricketts purchased ads attacking Bob Kerrey.

Read full story here: omaha.com

Fischer, Kerrey differ on entitlement reform

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Nebraska U.S. Senate candidates have differing views on how to fix social security, Medicare and the budget.

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Kerrey ad targets Fischer’s land dispute

The Columbus Telegram reports: Bob Kerrey’s newest ad campaign features Deb Fischer’s three of her Sandhills neighbors accusing her of a “land grab.”

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State Democrats file complaint against Fischer

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Democrats file a complaint against Republican candidate Deb Fischer. The Democrats want an investigation into whether Fischer failed to disclose her personal interests in a legislative bill.

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Fischer raises more funds than Kerrey

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Republican candidate Deb Fischer raised $2.4 million for a three-month period ending Sept. 30. Though Kerrey has the financial edge, Fischer was able to out-raise the former governor and U.S. senator by $700,000.

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Kerrey takes another stab at Washington

Politico reports: Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey will try one last time to change Washington. Kerrey’s campaign manager Paul Johnson said, “This is going to be a very, very close race at the end.”

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Watch Kerry, Fischer’s first debate

 Omaha World-Herald reports: Watch a video replay of the Aug. 25 debate for U.S. Senate held at the Nebraska State Fair.

Watch the full report: omaha.com

Kerrey and Fischer get checked out

Omaha World-Herald reports: The newspaper’s analysis fact checks the debate, which focused on topics such as the Keystone Pipeline, the Farm Bill and immigration.

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It’s all about numbers at the second debate

Omaha World-Herald reports: During the second debate, numbers were on the minds of the candidates. Kerrey and Fischer  discussed unemployment, tax rates and federal spending.

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The candidates views on government, the economy and more

The Omaha World-Herald reports: On the topic of job creation, Deb Fischer said government serves as a roadblock to economic growth. Bob Kerrey said jobs and wealth are created by private sector risk-takers.

Read the full report: omaha.com

Kerrey says he’d cross party lines to solve problems

Lincoln Journal Star reports: : Huge national problems are getting worse and need to be resolved. Kerrey says he will leverage his past seniority to snare seats on three committees vital to Nebraska’s interests.

Read full story here: journalstar.com

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Compiled by Lorena Carmona

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